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Vancouver, BC

The primary site lies within a generic urban context of Vancouver – a low-rise commercially zoned roadway with continuous residential districts on either side; an underground and surface based transit system and an urban typology where it is difficult to differentiate one neighbourhood from another. “Hypermarket” is a design proposal in response to this context – it is a project that engages the idea of boundary systems (both physical and social) where architectural space can promote, sustain and adapt to the changing environment. The greenhouse tower is skinned with an integrated agricultural envelope that can be farmed for leafy greens. Wrapping the tower is an operable louvred glazing system providing natural ventilation for the tower and its harvest.The open multi-purpose market below stretches across the entire site, allowing the space to be used freely as an open plaza, a place where the public can interact and shop.